The Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs was founded as in independant organization in the wake of the 1978 elections. Formerly part of the United Republican Finance Committee (URFC) of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County (RPLAC), the Lincoln Clubs broke away from RPLAC in the 1980 elections. Led by former URFC Chairman Julian Virtue, the Lincoln Clubs became an independent Republican major donor organization.
Our first major success came in 1980 with the election of new Los Angeles County Supervisors Deane Dana and Mike Antonovich, creating a Republican majority on the Board. Mr. Virtue personally tapped Mr. Dana to run, and Lincoln Club leaders provided major financial support to both candidates in their upset victories over sitting incumbent Democrats.
The Lincoln Clubs have gradually spread throughout Los Angeles County and now include every major population center of the nation’s largest county. We are leading supporters of the vital voter registration programs that have propelled Republican growth in Los Angeles County during the past decade.
Building on growth in our first thirty years, our goal is to create a Republican voter majority in Los Angeles County by 2050.